April 1, 2012

Record day paces Bobcats to Johnson City title

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. --- Junior Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.), sophomore Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.), freshman Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) each set a school record to lead the Lees-McRae College women's track and field team to the team title at the Johnson City Invitational on Saturday.

Lees-McRae took the team title with a total of 158.50 points, edging Milligan College's second-place total of 149.50. Carson-Newman College was third with 72 points, followed by King College (40). Bryan College and Brevard College tied for fifth with 16 points each.

Curry shined in the meet, taking second in the high jump with a school-record mark of 1.63 meters, while finishing second in her first collegiate long jump competition with a leap of 4.41 meters. Thornton took first place in the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter run, setting a school-record with a time of 59.74 seconds in the 400-meter run.

Cook set a school record in the discus, taking first place with a mark of 35.41 meters, as Kayla Frazier (Chesterfield, S.C.) and Genay Miller (Woodstock, Ga.) placed third and sixth, respectively, with throws of 30.27 and 27.37 meters. Frazier placed third in the shot put with a mark of 10.10 meters, as Miller finished sixth with a toss of 9.60 meters.

Persephanie Mcrae (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished third in the high jump with a mark of 1.53 meters, as Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.) took first place in the pole vault with a vault of 2.75 meters. Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.) also placed third with a mark of 2.45 meters.

Thornton teamed with Auburn Lowe (Swain County, N.C.), Jessica McEnanney (Cary, N.C.), and Iesha Poindexter (Jetterville, Va.) to place first in the 4x400-meter relay, as the quartet posted a time of 4:14.34. Lowe finished tied for second in the long jump with a mark of 4.41 meters, while placing fourth in the 100-meter dash (13.66 seconds) and fifth in the 200-meter dash (28.51 seconds).

Poindexter placed first in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, posting times of 13.09 and 26.99 seconds, respectively. McEnanney finished second in each competition, recording times of 13.43 and 27.81 seconds. Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W.Va.) placed third and sixth, respectively, in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs with times of 2:29.18 and 5:17.76, while Casey Clark (Roanoke, Va.) finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a mark of 2:42.96.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Friday, April 13 when the Bobcats travel to Boone, N.C. to participate in the Appalachian State University Invitational.

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